Lentils cook faster than most other beans making them a good choice for this “burger”. If you have a small food processer use it to chop the carrots, onion and garlic, the smaller the vegetable pieces the better they mix and combine with the lentils. Tomato paste comes in small cans, spoon remaining tomato paste in 2 tablespoon portions, into a plastic bag and freeze for use in other recipes. It will thaw quickly, just place the bag in warm water for a few minutes before using. If you do not have tomato paste you can substitute with catsup.
Prep time 30 minutes, plus 60 minutes for the “burgers” to rest before cooking total cook time 90 minutes mostly unattended.
Makes 8 Patty
˝ cup brown rice or other whole grain such as barley or faro
˝ cup dried lentils
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped about 1 cup
1 small carrot grated about ˝ cup
1 clove garlic minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste or catsup
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano or “itailan seasonings
1 teaspoon chile powder
˝ teaspoon salt
˝ cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 whole eggs, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons canola oil for frying patties
1 Cook the brown rice: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan add the uncooked grain, reduce heat to low, cover and cook until tender 30-40 minutes.
2 While rice cooks prepare the lentils: In a medium saucepan combine the lentils with 1 ˝ cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook 20 minutes until tende, drain and set aside.
3 In a sauce pan, heat the oil, add the onion, carrot and garlic, cook for five minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt, cooked brown rice and the drained lentils. Remove from heat add the eggs stir until eggs are completely combined with the bean and rice mixture mix in bread crumbs. The mixture should be wet but hold together.
4 Allow to cool enough to handle. Make patties: divide into 8 even portions shape into patties about 1 inch thick. Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for one hour they will become firm.
5 Bean burgers can be pan fried or baked in the oven.
Pan fry: heat oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Cook 2-3 minutes per side browning on each side. Serve as you would a burger.
Bake: line a baking pan with foil that has been lightly oiled. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, turn after 7 minutes of cooking. serve as you would a burger.
Freeze leftover cooked burgers. reheat in the microwave one minute on high or until hot.
Nutrition per one patty: Calories 174, Protein 7 grams, Carbohydrate 21g, fiber 4 g, fat 7 g, Sat fat 1g, potassium 272 mg, sodium 288mg
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